The sun is shining, it’s a beautiful day, and all being well, we shall be getting festive by putting our tree and dekkies up.
I have a letter to write and a card to deliver which was in the opposite direction to Sunday’s hand deliveries.
The meters have been read and all is good there. We have a decent cushion on our energy account so have prepaid for our cold winter months. The new cooker’s been in for a month and I think possibly a little more expensive to run than the Belling. Saying that though, it is a bigger oven, but I’m pleased with it and that’s what matters.
Breakfast has been had, and today I had porridge with raspberries for a change.
Lunch is a corned beef hash which I am really looking forward to, especially after yesterday’s tinned pie was such a dead loss.
They used to be such good value, full of filling, lovely crisp pastry, and would serve a family of 4. Our effort yesterday was all gravy with 3 pieces of meat, pastry that was crisp on the top and raw slops underneath which I had to throw away, and barely enough for one, yet alone the pair of us.
Never mind. It was something we got for £1 in reserve should things go belly up in the food delivery chain. We will not be buying any more………….. EVER.
Not much else going on here at the moment, so I’ll sign off.
Take care and as always, keep safe everyone.
I used to be able to buy a beef and kidney pie that was imported from the UK but I haven’t seen them in about 20 years. When I first bought them (as a starving newly graduated Veterinary Nurse) they would be 2 meals and were wonderful! The last time I found one it was awful. The crust was completely different and not at all flaky… Had to toss the bottom crust as it was nothing but raw dough!
That’s the one!! Fray Bentos has a lot to answer for.
Aw! 😦 I’m sorry that pie didn’t turn out as planned! The cost of even a small pie has gone up so much that I’ve begun buying pre-made pie crust and making my own. Veg, gravy and whatever meat, some potatoes, bake (I always baked the crust for a few minutes before filling it because often it will cook a lot slower than the rest of the pie, plus it stops the pie from getting soggy on the bottom. You could get in some mince and kidneys plus add veggies that you like perhaps? Maybe that would be a lot more spendy in the end, but it’s my solution for buying pre-made pies now. There is a company that makes them and has for years. I’ve noticed an uneven distribution in the meat in those things, I prefer turkey and bought two on sale recently. One had three pieces of turkey (chunks) and the other one was fully of turkey chunks (which pleased Mr. Ziggy no end). They offer some “British” pies in the freezer section – I especially like the shepherd’s pie version, but have tried the cottage pie and something quite different with bacon and turkey. They’re all good. I hope your hash today will be better! 🙂
Hash today was ACE! We used to buy lovely pies from the bakers or one of the major supermarkets, but since Hubby’s op, pastry is very hit and miss. These pies were just reserves but we won’t be buying them again. My pastry isn’t bad, but Hubby isn’t that keen, so bought stuff is fine. I used to make my own pies with left overs though when I was bringing up a family, pastry on the bottom and the top, and it used to flake up lovely. Add roast spuds, three veg and gravy, and everyone was happy.